Zim Now Writer
Two traffic police officers, Tinashe Chatseta and Gift Marange, who were stationed in Beitbridge, are on the run after they tampered with records and stole fines money.
Chatseta and Marange, according to a leaked memo, between them stole US$345 and R3 730 by tampering with figures on fines books.
Chatseta stole US$205 and R2 830 while Marange took the remainder. Their boss Inspector Clever Barikano, discovered the offence on February 2 following an audit of Z69J (police fines receipt books).
“Circumstances are that on 2 February, 2024 at around 0800 hours, Inspector Clever Barikano went through books and records. He discovered twenty-three (23) cases where Tinashe Chatseta and Gift Marange wrote different figures on Z69J fast and duplicate copies as compared to the other two copies of the same serial number,” read the memo.
They reportedly wrote trivial offences on the duplicates and receipted less than the actual charge, which appeared on the original issued to the offender, and pocketed the difference.
“In this case, they would write less amounts of a trivial offence on the fast and duplicate copies yet they would have charged the offender a serious offence with higher amount of fines. Therefore, as a result, the accused took the difference and converted the amount to his own use,” read the memo, which tabulated the schemes.
A report was made at ZRP Beitbridge Urban and the case filed under ZRP Beitbridge Urban CR 14/02/24 and CID Beitbridge DR 13/02/24.